Our CHEAP Kitchen Makeover!

Introducing our transformed kitchen -- one of the projects I am the most proud of!

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My hope is that this post gives you the courage to listen your gut instincts when it comes to saving money on a kitchen remodel. I often doubted myself when licensed contractors laughed at our measly $1200 budget. But look at what $1200 can do! (Who's laughing now!! ;))

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When we started this, we were remodeling two homes over 2,500 square feet (each), that were 200 miles apart. With our resources spread thin, we chose to fund this out of pocket and only purchased materials one mini project at a time. Just because I was curious and wanted feedback from the online communities of DIY'ers, I listed this on Rate My Space. I was thrilled to get over 8,000 views and 44 votes rating it "Excellent"!!! Feel free to view more pictures there too! Rate My Space!

So many smaller projects make up this total kitchen transformation, (Rust-o-leum paint, new lighting, new Roman shade, new butcher block island, stenciled backsplash, new floor) so sometimes it's nice to take a gigantic step backwards and marvel at what it once was. Over time we plan to tweak the decor, but it's come a long way from it's prior state (a plain ol' builder's grade, orangey-oakey, nuthin' special space)...to the true heart of our home.

20130115-174741.jpg(Above: A grainy picture taken in 2006 of the cabinets after I applied poly...note I had no backsplash :))

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We remodeled with resale in mind, and ultimately sold the other house. But we invested in some key elements that we thought would be high-impact, low-cost. I always wanted vintage-inspired country kitchen with a French twist.

Here are all of the elements:

* Cabinet refacing, using Rust-o-Leum Cabinet Transformations = $149.00

* Stenciled Backsplash, "Springtime in Paris" stencil from Royaldesignstudio.com = $100 stencil

* New Roman shade from SelectBlinds.com

* Drum light from Lumens.com by Elements, grasscloth $267

* Flooring from BestLaminate.net @ $1.99 sq. ft. (we found an outlet store during an accidental drive-by...literally turning the car around and bought this 10 minutes before they closed...the next day...we had new flooring!)

* Architectural Depot: Corbels @ $70 each.

Update!
I've entered this project in the "Best DIY Project of 2012" Contest....stop by and vote!

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